Antonio Conte pleads for Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata to be given time

Conte seeks additional signings

Chelsea, who were not in Europe last season, but won the domestic title by seven points in Conte's first season in charge, have signed four players so far, including striker Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid.

Antonio Conte has admitted that Nemanja Matic will be "a gross loss" for Chelsea this season following his transfer to Manchester United.

Morata, twice a Champions League victor with Madrid and a league champion in Spain and Italy, is determined to enjoy success with Chelsea after making the tough decision to leave the Santiago Bernabeu.

New Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata has released an interview with Marca to talk about his first weeks in South West London.

"If the club are selling [Nemanja] Matic from under his nose then it's not looking great".

"I heard whispers at the back end of last season that he wanted to go and even if the club can not come out and say too much about that, maybe there was an element of that in play here when this deal went through".

"Matic knows very well what I think about him", told Sky Sports at today's Premier League launch.

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Morata's position in the starting line-up is even more crucial in the continued absence of out-of-favour compatriot Diego Costa.

"It is the price that must be paid for such a large transfer".

Following a poor debut against Arsenal in last Sunday's Community Shield finale many believe Morata may not be suited to the rough-and-tumble of the Premier League. It's something that motivates me and makes me work harder every day.

The same story claims that Chelsea have been "extensively" scouting the defender and watched him closely when he played for Portugal at the European Under-21 championships this summer. I think I'm the coach of this team.

"It's very important to try to find the right solution, to try to improve the squad", Conte said this week at the Premier League launch. "He's a good player, strong, good personality, technique", Conte said.

The Premier League is tagged as Europe's most exciting league with its unpredictable title race, frenetic rate and its tendency for late goals.

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